The Witches (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Witches1990

The Witches (1990)



Critic Consensus: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations.

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A little boy and his kindly grandmother thwart the efforts of a coven of witches to rid Britain of children by turning them into mice.

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Anjelica Huston
as Miss Eva Ernst/Grand High Witch
Mai Zetterling
as Helga Eveshim
Jasen Fisher
as Luca Eveshim
Rowan Atkinson
as Mr. Stringer
Bill Paterson
as Albert Jenkins
Brenda Blethyn
as Mrs. Jenkins
Jane Horrocks
as Miss Ann Irvine
Charlie Potter
as Bruno Jenkins
Anne Lambton
as The Woman in Black
Sukie Smith
as Marlene
Emma Relph
as Millie
Nora Connolly
as Beatrice
Jim Carter
as Head Chef
Roberta Taylor
as Witch Chef
Brian Hawksley
as Elderly Waiter
Debra Gillett
as Waitress
Darcy Flynn
as Luke's Mother
Vincent Marzello
as Luke's Father
Greta Nordra
as Norwegian Witch
Kirstin Steinsland
as Child Helga
Merete Armand
as Erica's Mother
Ola Otnes
as Erica's Father
Ann Tirard
as Lady #1
Johan Sverre
as Policeman
Arvid Ones
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The Witches

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (16)

The Witches feels like a throwaway feature rather than a fully-realized fantasy adventure...

August 11, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better.

November 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct.

November 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Based on a Roald Dahl book, Nicholas Roeg's The Witches is a film surprisingly faithful to the creepiness of the original.

November 25, 2013 | Full Review…

The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring to turn Britain's entire populace of single-digiters into mice.

November 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There are moments of genuine charm and solid invention, but it`s a film that doesn't believe enough in itself.

November 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Witches

I don't understand the high rating most reviewers give this movie. It is a very simple story - witches are bad and kill little children - some kid is smart/lucky enough to kill witches.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Intelligent, scary and with a good black comedy. But, maybe not very appropriate for children.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


This movie really scared me for some reason when I was a kid, I had nightmares. The weirdest things scare you as a kid, don't they? Anyway, this movie is okay, it's based on the book of the same name.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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